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Marcus Morris: Markieff ‘doesn’t look happy’ in Phoenix

Sacramento Kings' Willie Cauley-Stein (00) blocks the shot of Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Summer of Morris was not a particularly good one, as the story lines that followed both Markieff and Marcus were generally not very positive.

Pretty much from the moment the Suns dealt Marcus to the Detroit Pistons, all the talk was of how both were upset and felt disrespected, with the former demanding a trade out of the Valley.

It did not happen, and ever since media day Markieff has been very quiet with regards to his future in Phoenix, other than saying he wants to be with the team.

However, Marcus isn’t so sure that is really the case.

In town Friday to take on Markieff and the Suns, the Pistons’ starting small forward expressed surprise that his brother was not dealt, saying it’s not often a team keeps a player who openly expressed a desire to leave. That wouldn’t really mean much, of course, because the Suns have given no indication they ever considered moving their starting power forward, who is just 26 years old and averaged 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season.

But Markieff is off to a slow start this year — averaging 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 34 percent from the field — and Marcus thinks he knows why.

But Marcus Morris said in watching Suns games that his brother “doesn’t look happy, I know him, so it is what is.”

“He just don’t look comfortable,” Marcus Morris added. “He don’t look too excited.”

At this point, Markieff has not said anything that would corroborate his brother’s assessment, though if his play does not pick up soon people may start to wonder what is wrong with a player who last year was one of the team’s better players.

As for Marcus, he’ll get his chance to try and exact some revenge on the team that traded him at 7:30 Friday night, and you can hear the game on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

 

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